Spouses, registered partners or cohabiting partners, as well as any children under the age of 18 who are living at home, to a person granted a residence and work permit as a researcher, guest researcher, PhD student or guest PhD student are eligible for Danish residence permits.
However, you must be able to support your family and you must all live together in Denmark at the same address. The spouse, registered partner or cohabiting partner is allowed to work full-time for the entire period his or her permit is valid.
The spouse/registered partner/cohabiting partner as well as every child must submit his/her own application via the MF1-form. It is also necessary to pay a fee for every single person.
The application form contains a detailed description of how you should complete the form and which documents you must attach.
You must have your biometric features and your signature recorded when submitting your application or within 14 days of submitting your online application.
You must notify the person at Aarhus University who assists you with your residence and work permit application, if you are not able to have your biometrics recorded within the 14 day limit.
Go to SIRI at one of the branch offices around the country (Bornholm, Copenhagen, Odense, Aalborg, Aarhus and Aabenraa). Booking a timeslot beforehand is mandatory, but no waiting once you are there. Find further information and link to booking
You should bring your passport and a copy of your residence and work permit application/permit or a print of the receipt for the online application.
After having processed your application, the immigration authority will make a decision. If you applied from outside Denmark the decision will be sent to the diplomatic mission in your country of origins or country of residence. The diplomatic mission will send the decision to your e-mail, or you will be asked to pick it up in person at the diplomatic mission.
It is important to:
Upon arrival in Denmark you are required to register at the public authorities. Read more about how to register.
As a non-EU/EEA citizen you will be issued a residence card with biometrics (blue card), which includes your facial image and fingerprints stored on a microchip embedded in the card.
You must have the residence card to travel outside Denmark as it is your documentation that you have a residence and work permit to Denmark. Therefore, you must have the residence card with you at all times.
If you do not have the residence card and have to leave Denmark during your stay, you must apply for a re-entry permit every time you go abroad.
The residence card is sent to the address you register yourself with at the National Registry/Citizens Service. Your name must appear on the mailbox of your residence; or else the mail will not be delivered and you will not receive your residence card.
Usually it takes approximately 4 weeks to get the card. If you have not received the card within 4 weeks, you should contact the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration. Alternatively, contact the person at AU who has assisted you in getting the permit.
If you hold a work and residence permit to Aarhus University, this permit only allows you to work for the specific and specified employer (AU) in the specified position and period as mentioned in your work and residence permit.
If you are considering to engage in any other activities, an additional permit for that sideline activity can required depending on the type of permit.
As long as you are here on one of the following types of permits, sideline activities in natural connection to your main work or voluntary work in your free time does NOT require a permit for sideline activities:
Other sideline activities requires a permit. If you have questions regarding the character of your sideline activity please contact us.
The following permits however require a special permit for sideline activites:
Sideline activities can be related to your work or free time. A sideline permit is required for each sideline activity.
Failure to obtain sideline permits if required will put you in the position of working illegally. Consequently, both you and your sideline employer(s) or host(s) can be subject to a fine, and worst case scenario you can be deported from Denmark and not be allowed back for a long time.
A separate application for each sideline activity is submitted to the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI), and your sideline employer or host must initiate the application.
The processing time can be up to one month from the date SIRI receives a fully completed application. Therefore it is important to apply in due time.
There is no application fee required and no requirements to record biometrics.
If the above circumstances apply to you, please contact your sideline employer(s) or host(s) as soon as possible and inform AU that you take up sideline activity.
If you have additional questions, please contact Inge Aachmann Pedersen.
If you have been granted a Danish work and residence permit, you are not allowed to receive public benefits (under the terms of the Active Social Policy Act). This is because you must be able to support yourself financially during your stay.
If you or a family member receive public benefits during your stay, your permit can be revoked – and you will lose the right to stay in Denmark.
If an authority, e.g. a municipality, disburses benefits to foreign nationals, the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (SIRI) will be notified.
If you and any family members apply for and are granted a work and residence permit, you will be informed of the requirement to support yourselves financially in the letter granting you a permit.
You need a re-entry permit if you have not yet received your pink residence card and need to go abroad for a limited period of time.
Normally a re-entry permit will only be granted if you have specific travel needs and the period of time spent outside of Denmark is short.
Re-entry permits are given to people who need to go abroad and who:
Children of foreign nationals with permanent residency in Denmark, who have not yet received a residence card, can be issued with a residence card by the Danish Immigration Service or the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration.
The re-entry permit will be valid for the period of time that corresponds with your specific travel needs, but never for more than 90 days.
The re-entry permit must be issued before you leave Denmark.
A re-entry permit can be issued, if the applicant meets in person at one of the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration Citizen Service centres around the country. Remember to bring a valid passport. The re-entry permit will be affixed to a page in your passport.
You are personally responsible for extending your residence permit if applicable. Your application must be submitted no sooner than two months before and no later than the date of expiry of your current permit. Submit your application to the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration (by email to email@example.com or via the electronic application system) or the local police.
The form to fill out is the AR3/AR7 form (MF2 for accompanying family members).
The application process and the documentation needed to apply are described in the forms – please read them carefully.
Remember to send/bring along the following documents when extending your residence and work permit:
Your residence permit will automatically be revoked if you relinquish your residence in Denmark unless your permit exempts you from this (only applies to certain permits issued after January 1st 2015).
If you remain outside Denmark for a longer period of time, your residence and work permit can be annulled. This happens if you give up your residence in Denmark or if you stay outside Denmark for longer than 6 months (or 12 months if you have been in Denmark for more than two years).
You have to apply for dispensation from having your residence and work permit cancelled before you leave Denmark.
If you need to leave Denmark and the Schengen area during your stay in Denmark you must have a multiple entry visa or a residence card (pink card).
If you are a legal resident in Denmark but do not hold a multiple entry visa or a residence card, and need to leave Denmark for a limited period of time, you must apply for a re-entry permit to Denmark. Read more about re-entry permits above.
You can be granted a permanent residence permit in Denmark once you have had a temporary residence permit for eight years. In some cases, the requirement is four years.
You need to meet certain requirements. Read in detail about the requirements on the New to Denmark website and contact the Danish Agency for International Recruitment and Integration for further information.
It is a good idea to gather the necessary documents before you start to complete the application form.